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Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch to appear at London Film Festival

You don't have to travel all the way to Hollywood to experience the glitz and glamour of the movie world, as there are loads of fantastic cinematic opportunities to be enjoyed right here in London. Indeed, Leicester Square regularly plays host to the European premiere of blockbuster hits, giving fans the chance to see their favourite stars on the red carpet.

However, there is one event that trumps them all, and that is the prestigious British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival (LFF).

Held each October, the festival is considered to be one of the best events of its kind in the world, attracting a host of stars and featuring a superb array of movie screenings, talks, presentations and much more.

This year's LFF will kick off on October 8th, and, as has become tradition, will last for 12 days, finishing on the 19th of the month.

Anyone who has been eagerly awaiting the release of the festival's programme will be thrilled to hear that organisers have recently announced that the closing night will feature a screening of the upcoming World War II movie Fury, starring Brad Pitt and directed by David Ayer – both of whom will be in attendance in London on the night.

Telling the story of an army sergeant who takes his tank crew on a mission behind enemy lines, the film has been described by LFF director Clare Stewart as "a resounding cinematic success".

Of course, this is just one of the many amazing movies that are set to be screened at the festival, and fans of English actor Benedict Cumberbatch will no doubt be interested to hear that the star is lined up to appear on the opening night, when his new movie The Imitation Game – which tells the story of World War II codebreaker Alan Turing – will receive its premiere.

Screenings and other events will be held at the BFI centre on the South Bank, as well is in Leicester Square, both of which are easy to access from all central London hotels.

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London buses to get free wi-fi

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Chiltern Firehouse named London’s top restaurant

Dining in London is always a terrific experience, with a host of the world's best restaurants to be found in the capital.

Indeed, whether you're looking for something cheap and cheerful, exotic and unusual or downright extravagant, all tastes are well catered for here, so you can be sure that there's never any danger of going hungry.

In fact, there are so many amazing places to eat that the only problem is that it can often be difficult to choose one – which is why the good people at Time Out have created a list of the 100 best restaurants in London.

At the very top of the pile is the hugely popular Chiltern Firehouse, where diners are treated not only to the very finest food they're ever likely to taste, but a wonderful all-round experience.

Located in Marylebone on the West End, the restaurant is set in an old Victorian fire station, with the Grade II listed building providing a unique and exciting place for a meal.

The venue is owned and run by one of the world's most respected restaurateurs, Andre Balazs, whose other projects include the likes of Chateau Marmont in Hollywood and the Mercer Hotel in New York.

As a result, the Chiltern Firehouse has been immensely popular ever since it opened, and has become something of a favourite among A-list celebrities – so you can be sure of having some pretty refined company if you manage to get a table at this prestigious eatery.

The open kitchen enables guests to watch the chefs at work as they employ some of the most innovative cooking techniques picked up from around the world to create a range of dishes that feature influences from a number of global cuisines.

So, next time you're in the capital and feel like dining in style, a trip to London's number one restaurant could well be in order – just make sure you've made your reservation well in advance if you want to get a table!

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Selfridges Christmas store already up and running

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Step into a mind-altering world at Kew Gardens

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Pay tribute to Robin Williams at the Peter Pan monument in London

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Time Out offers tips on what not to do in London

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See the Gunners chase glory at Emirates Stadium

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Montcalm London Marble Arch staff to begin using Google Glass

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See Damon Albarn play live in London

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Superman to fly into West End next year

The world's favourite superhero has had a lot of makeovers since first appearing as a comic book character way back in the 1930s. Indeed, several Hollywood superstars have played the so-called Man of Steel on the big screen, with the likes of Christopher Reeve and Henry Cavill among those to have donned the famous red cape.

Now, though, it's time for Superman to make his long-awaited return to the London stage, with a musical comedy of his very own set to hit the West End early next year.

Entitled It's a Bird… It's a Plane… It's Superman!, the show first appeared in Broadway in 1966, and went on to receive nominations for three Tony Awards, with the play's title also becoming an iconic catchphrase among superhero fans.

After a long hiatus, the show was revived when All Star Productions brought it to London earlier this year, with a short run at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre in Walthamstow receiving excellent reviews.

If you didn't get the chance to see it, however, then fear not, because plans have recently been announced for the show to return to the capital for a limited time in early 2015.

This time, it will be playing at the Leicester Square Theatre, with the official opening on February 13th and the final performance eight days later.

Clearly, with such a limited number of showings, tickets are likely to be hard to come by, which is why it's worth booking yours early to avoid disappointment. While you're at it, you may want to arrange a stay in a top London hotel, as many of those close to the West End can often get booked up if you leave things too late.

If you're a fan of superhero comics or movies, this is one show that you are certain to love, so be sure not to miss it when it flies into London.

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